We called this podcast Inside MyVictory because we wanted to give everyone access to what we teach our staff and volunteers on a regular basis. In this episode I want to give you a glimpse into what I taught last night to our volunteers at our iPartner Volunteers Night in Lethbridge. I shared our vision and strategy for the upcoming fall for MyVictory Lethbridge as well I give insight into the strategies we will be implementing across all 4 of our campuses in the next year.
The information in today’s lesson is taken from the book “15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management” by New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kruse. To my knowledge it is the only guide based on actual research into thousands of working professionals and features interviews with Mark Cuban and other billionaires, numerous Olympic athletes, straight-A students, and over 200 entrepreneurs.
In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg talks about keystone habits. He defines a keystone habit as a pattern that has the power to start a chain reaction, changing other habits as it moves through an organization.
He tells a story about Paul O’Neill, who took over as CEO of Alcoa, an aluminum company in 1987. In his first speech as CEO he said something unusual.
“I want to talk to you about worker safety,” he said, “every year, numerous Alcoa workers are injured so badly that they miss a day of work. I intend to make Alcoa the safest company in America. I intend to go for zero injuries.”
The shareholders were confused. Normally CEO’s talk about profit margins and new markets. Many shareholders rushed out of the meeting and sold their stocks expecting the company to bottom out. But it didn’t. In fact, it did the opposite. Within a year of O’Neill’s speech, Alcoa’s profits would hit a record high. By the time O’Neill retired in 2000, the company’s annual net income was five times larger than before he arrived, and its market capitalization had risen by $27 billion.
When later interviewed about why he thought his strategy worked, O’Neill said, “I knew I had to transform Alcoa. But you can’t order people to change. That’s not how the brain works. So I decided I was going to start by focusing on one thing. If I could start disrupting the habits around one thing, it would spread throughout the entire company.”
Having a great facility does not guarantee your church will grow, but like it or not, church facilities can either enhance or undermine the worship experience of people, especially visitors. When it comes to church visitors, you don’t have a second chance for a good first impression.
The state of your church facility has a much bigger influence on your visitors than it does on your regular attendees. Why? The longer a person is at your church, the less he or she is able to see the building through the eyes of a newcomer. The saying is true, “Time in erodes awareness of.” The frays in your carpet or the out-dated paint colours don’t really matter to long-time attendees, because they are coming for the people, the relationships, the fellowship, the spiritual growth; not the facilities. But for visitors with none of these reasons to attend, other things shape their first impressions…and your building is one of them.
While nice facilities won’t cause your church to grow, poor facilities can prevent it from growing.
We have been learning about the 7 growth points of every organization. The 7 growth points pertain to every church, small group, business, or department. Again, they are: 1) The leader must grow; 2) the leadership team must be intentionally grown; 3) the leadership must work and grow the systems; 4) the numbers must grow (attendance for churches or number of customers for businesses); 5) the finances must grow; 6) the expectations must grow; 7) The facilities must grow.
In today’s podcast I’m going to focus on the 6th growth point, expectations. This is the growth point that warrants the greatest number of questions because it seems so unusual in comparison to the others. But make no mistake, growing your expectations will greatly impact the growth of your church or small group. Expectations draw on the anointing.